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Mitch Wheat has been working as a professional programmer since 1984, graduating with a honours degree in Mathematics from Warwick University, UK in 1986. He moved to Perth in 1995, having worked in software houses in London and Rotterdam. He has worked in the areas of mining, electronics, research, defence, financial, GIS, telecommunications, engineering, and information management. Mitch has worked mainly with Microsoft technologies (since Windows version 3.0) but has also used UNIX. He holds the following Microsoft certifications: MCPD (Web and Windows) using C# and SQL Server MCITP (Admin and Developer). His preferred development environment is C#, .Net Framework and SQL Server. Mitch has worked as an independent consultant for the last 10 years, and is currently involved with helping teams improve their Software Development Life Cycle. His areas of special interest lie in performance tuning
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
.NET Regex: Character Class Subtraction
You’ve heard of a positive match character group  and a negative match character group [^]. But did you know there is also a Character Class Subtraction? I didn’t. It’s supported in .NET but not in the majority of RegEx flavours.
Using this format, the pattern
can be used in .NET to match all alphanumeric characters (any word character) excluding the letter v and numbers 123.
The MSDN page for the .NET Regex definitions doesn’t seem to appear high in the search indexes, so bookmarking here for my future reference: Character Classes in Regular Expressions
This is useful for comparing Regex capabilities in different languages: regex flavor comparison chart
MSN, Email: mitch døt wheat at gmail.com